News

Ill. Lawmakers OK Bill Regulating Private Drone Use

Ill. Lawmakers OK Bill Regulating Private Drone Use

Photo: Associated Press/Mark Lennihan

Illinois could soon expand its regulations on drones.

The Illinois House unanimously approved legislation Friday that extends state regulations to private drone operators.

State Sen. Daniel Biss is an Evanston Democrat and the bill sponsor. He says the measure helps maintain expectations of privacy.

Drones are sophisticated, unmanned aircraft that can be used for aerial surveillance. The General Assembly passed a measure last year to regulate drones owned by law enforcement.

The American Civil Liberties Union says more “explicit language” was needed in the measure because private drone operators are increasingly conducting surveillance.

The law ensures that law enforcement cannot turn to the private drone operators to conduct surveillance and evade the earlier law’s regulations.

The measure now heads to Gov. Pat Quinn.

Recent Headlines

43 mins ago in Entertainment

Today in entertainment history: May 3

Fresh
dollyparton

A look back at some of the biggest headlines in Hollywood history.

12 hours ago in Entertainment

Too much ice in your Starbucks?

starbucks265305906988

A federal lawsuit claims Starbucks regularly overfills its cold drinks with ice instead of using the advertised amount of coffee or other liquid in its plastic cups.

16 hours ago in Music

Nikki Sixx wants to help the next guy

nikkisixx961740673643

The Motley Crue rocker says it's important to champion new bands, as he’s been in the same boat.